Dr. Scott Hahn & Kimberly Hahn
Holy Land Pilgrimage
In the Footsteps of Jesus
May 23 - June 1
(or 2), 2020
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located Four and Five Star Hotels: (or similar)
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily
- Lectures with Dr. Scott Hahn (May 25th, 26th, 27th and 31st)
- Lectures with Kimberly Hahn (May 30th)
- Wine & mineral water with dinners
- Transportation by Private Bus
- Unlimited water on the Bus
- Free Wi-Fi on Motor Coach
- Whisper Headsets throughout
- Licensed Guide throughout
- Sightseeing and Admission fees
- Celebrate Mass daily
- Tips to Hotel Staff, Porters and Restaurant Staff
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Tips to your Guide & Driver.
Day 1, Saturday, May 23rd: Depart for Israel
Make your way to your local Airport to board your flight for the start of your journey to Tel Aviv, with complimentary meals and beverages served on board.
Day 2, Sunday, May 24th: Arrive Tel Aviv
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, you will make your way through Passport Control, collect your luggage in Baggage Claim, and proceed to the Arrival’s Hall. You will be greeted by 206 Tours Staff (holding 206 Tours Signs and wearing 206 Tours clothing) and transferred to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv located on the Mediterranean coast. In the evening, we will celebrate Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Jaffa, and then return to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3, Monday, May 25th: Nazareth – Cana – Magdala - Tiberias
Theme: The Annunciation
After breakfast, you will depart the Mediterranean coast and travel inland Nazareth, the site of Mary's home and the town where Jesus lived as a child (Matthew 2:23). Visit the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-35), and the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary's Well. View the site where Jesus was rejected (Matthew 13:54-58). From there, we will stop for lunch, and then continue on to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother [John 2:1-11]. There you will visit the Franciscan Church where couples will have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony to renew their wedding vows. From here, we will make our way to the town of Magdala (hometown of Mary Magdalene) and visit the Boat Chapel for lecture with Dr. Scott Hahn. Continue on to our Hotel in Tiberias for check-in, dinner, and overnight.
Day 4, Tuesday, May 26th: Tiberias: Tabgha – Capernaum – Mount of Beatitudes - Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee
Wake up on the Sea of Galilee, have breakfast, and then start the day with a visit to Tabgha, where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17). A short drive away is Capernaum, from where Jesus launched his Ministry (Matthew 4); see the synagogue where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29) and the church built over the site of Peter's home. It is here we will celebrate Mass, and then visit the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus' great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49), and enjoy a lecture by Dr. Scott Hahn. From there, we continue onto lunch, followed by a visit to the site known as "Peter's Primacy". Here, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples (John 21) and told Peter to "feed my lambs; feed my sheep." [John 21:9]. End the day with a visit the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus' great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49). We will make our way back and board a boat that will take us out onto the Sea of Galilee, with time for reflection and prayer. Return to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5, Wednesday, May 27th: Mt. Tabor – Jordan Valley - Jericho
Theme: The Transfiguration
After breakfast, we will drive to the site of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor (Matthew 17:1-50). At this site, you will have the time to reflect on Christ's Humanity and Divinity. The Mass here will be a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. After Mass, we will stop for lunch, and then continue south to the Jordan Valley to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho (Joshua 6:12-25). Then drive down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the world's oldest continuously inhabited city, and to view the Mt of Temptation and see an example of a Sycamore Tree. From there, we will descend to Jerusalem where we will meet at Mount Scopus for a 206 Tours “Welcome”, mimicking the same “welcome” pilgrims have done for hundreds of years before. Continue to your Hotel in Jerusalem, your home for the next five (5) nights, followed by dinner, a lecture with Dr. Scott Hahn, and overnight.
Day 6, Thursday, May 28th: Bethlehem – Ein Karem - Emmaus
Theme: The Visitation and Nativity
This morning you will be transferred to Bethlehem and visit the famous Manger Square, which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church where we will celebrate Mass (Church of St. Catherine – located inside), and then make your way down to the Grotto of the Nativity, that marks the spot of Jesus' birth (Matthew 2:1-18). Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star with the Latin inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.) We will have lunch, and then take a short drive to see the cave at the Shepherds' Fields, (Luke 2:8). The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd's lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. From there, we will make a stop at a local Christian owned shop before we continue on a short drive takes us to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church that commemorates his memory (Luke 1:39-80). Pray the Mystery of the Rosary on the walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation. From there, we head to the site of Emmaus at Abu Ghosh, where Christ appeared to the two disciples and gave the first Eucharist after the Resurrection (Mark 16:12-13). Then return to the Hotel for dinner, and a restful nights sleep.
*No lecture this evening due to Shabbat
Day 7, Friday, May 29th: Mt. Of Olives – Palm Sunday Road - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion – Upper Room
Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden
After breakfast, you will make your way to the Mount of Olives where you can take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then walk down the Palm Sunday Road to stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - "The Lord wept." It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41]. Then to Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives, where you will be able to reflect on Jesus' final night (Luke 22:29-53). The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus. We will celebrate the Mass at Gethsemane. Next, you will visit the Church of All Nations to pray at the "Rock of Agony," a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. We will stop for lunch, and then continue to Mt Zion you will visit the Church of Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Christ three times( Luke 22: 33 - 34), and the Upper Room where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper ( Matthew 26:17 - 30). Return to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.
*No lecture this evening due to Sabbath
Day 8, Saturday, May 30th: Via Dolorosa - Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Western Wall – Israel Museum (Shrine of the Book)
Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection
Early wake-up at 4:00 AM, and make your way downstairs for coffee and tea. We leave the hotel at 4.45 AM to walk the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross). We will start at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate (John 18:28 - 19:16). From there He was taken through the city to be crucified. The Stations of the Cross is led through the markets of the Old City, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Luke 23:26-33). Here is the site of Calvary, and the Tomb of Christ (Luke 23:50-55), where we will celebrate Mass. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast and time for rest. This afternoon, we will make our way to the Western Wall, and then enter the Old City to visit the Church of St. Anne. Next to the Church is the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-9), which supplied the water for the Temple and where Jesus healed the crippled man. We will stop for lunch at Notre Dame (Vatican owned property), and from there you will have free time to explore the Old City that is located across the street – starting at the New Gate. We will then make our way to the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, before we return to the hotel for dinner, followed by a lecture with Dr. Hahn, and overnight.
*This evening, you will receive a letter, via your Guide, advising you of your Departure Transfer Time and when to have your Luggage left outside of your room.
Day 9, Sunday, May 31st: Qumran - Jordan River - Dead Sea – Farewell Reception
Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem & the Wilderness
You will start the day with the Mass at St. James Convent. After Mass, you will be transferred through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days fasting, and it is in this area that John the Baptist (Mark 1) lived and baptized Christ. We will visit the Baptismal site on the River Jordan (Matthew 3: 13-17) then to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. In the afternoon, we will have lunch, followed by an opportunity to enjoy a float in the Dead Sea (Ezekiel 47:8-10), the lowest and saltiest spot on Earth . Return to Jerusalem where your Guide will present you with your “Departure Card” upon exiting the bus. Then, we will make our way to Notre Dame for our last lecture with Dr. Hahn, followed by a “Special” Farewell Reception at the famous Notre Dame Rooftop Wine and Cheese Bar. Return to your Hotel where you will have time to say farewell to your fellow pilgrims, and return to your room to pack and enjoy a restful nights sleep
*Departure Card will advise you of everything you need to know about your departure the next day (including: Your Transfer Time, Bus Number, Time to have Luggage outside your Door, When to meet in Lobby etc.)
Day 10, Monday, June 1st: Return Home
Today will be spent in accordance with the instructions on your Departure Card. For those with departures in the morning, you will check out and board your transfer at the time noted. For those with departures in the afternoon or evening, you will check out of your room at the time noted (your luggage will be stored in a secure area.) You will have the remainder of the day free to spend at your own leisure before your scheduled departure to Tel Aviv Airport for your return flight(s) home.
Day 11, Tuesday, June 2nd: Arrive Home
Based on time difference and length of travel, you will arrive in your departure city in the time noted on your flight itinerary.
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- Your transfers are always secured, even if your flights are delayed - round trip transfers to/from the hotel and airport are included no matter what!
- If you purchase your airline ticket on your own, you have to pay in full at the time of booking, and most of the time it is non-refundable. If you book with 206 Tours, full payment is due 60 days prior.
- In the very rare event that a tour is cancelled, you would get all your money back, which would most likely not be the case if you purchased it directly from the airline.
- Your flight arrangement will be followed up on and reconfirmed by 206 Tours.
- 206 Tours can arrange for you to travel before the tour, make a stop-over, or stay later!
*Special VIP Service for 206 Tours Business Class Clients
When you purchase business class upgrade we will ensure that you receive VIP service at Tel Aviv Airport. VIP service provides a smooth, pleasant, and expedited process when entering Israel. The VIP staff is there to meet you at the plane, collects your luggage, pass you through special gates / entrances for security screening, baggage inspection and express passport control. A steward / stewardess will accompany you to the reception hall to the waiting guide and, or driver.